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Study Architecture and Architectural Technology at Unitec

New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology

In the New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology, you can become a skilled and competent Architectural Technologist/Technician.

Level
6
Credits
240 (2.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Full-time for two years, or part-time options available

Programme overview

Want a career as an Architectural Technologist/Technician? You’ll use the latest technologies and work alongside architects to turn design concepts into the documents used to construct a building. The New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology will give you the skills to design and produce construction documentation for both residential and commercial buildings.

Highlights

  • Emphasis on real-world applications using the latest technology of CAD and BIM (Building Information Management)
  • Our qualification is nationally recognised and endorsed by professional organisations
  • Good graduate employment opportunities
  • Great preparation and easy transition into further Level 7 study in the Bachelor of Construction and the Bachelor of Architectural Studies.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Achieved one of the below:

  • A total of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 including 12 credits in Mathematics; or
  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Be at least 20 years old by the time the programme begins AND provide evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the programme

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing). 

3. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University Entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2019; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Construction Industry Environment (CIBC4001) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to apply and develop skills and knowledge of construction law and documentation; and to communicate effectively within the construction environment.
Materials and Structural Principles (CIBC4002) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop critical knowledge, skills and understanding of structural principles, evaluate the properties of materials and finishes; and their application to construction projects.
Construction Documentation (CIBC4043) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop introductory graphical skills and knowledge to prepare design and construction documentation.
Courses Credits Aim
Environmental Impact (CIBC5003) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop skills and knowledge to evaluate site and building limitations including environmental impacts and sustainable methods of construction.
Building Services (CIBC5004) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop introductory knowledge of the purpose, operating principles, coordination and legislative requirements to manage a range of services in small, medium and large buildings.
Construction for Small Buildings (CIBC5005) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop and apply knowledge, skills and understanding of foundation methods, non-specific and specific design structures, provision for services, building envelope and the interior for a small building.
Construction for Medium and Large Buildings (CIBC5006) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop and apply knowledge, skills and understanding of foundation methods, structural systems, provision for services, building envelope and the interior for medium and large buildings.
Scoping and Preliminary Design (CIBC5044) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to establish client, site and regulatory requirements; to produce a preliminary architectural design from a construction brief.
Documentation for Small Buildings (CIBC5045) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to prepare location, assembly and component drawings; and schedules for a small building project.
Courses Credits Aim
Contract Administration (CIBC6041) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop and apply knowledge and skills to prepare and evaluate a tender; and complete post tender, construction and post-construction administration.
Design in the Built Environment (CIBC6042) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to apply and develop an understanding of factors relating to the design of construction projects including design principles, cultural differences, and the relationship between people and their built environment.
Construction Detailing (CIBC6046) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to demonstrate development of knowledge and skills involved in the interpretation and preparation of construction details.
Documentation for Medium Buildings (CIBC6047) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop skills and knowledge to prepare location, assembly and component drawings, schedules; and specifications for a medium building project.
Construction Design Development (CIBC6048) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to prepare building proposals, building design drawings and associated approval documentation.
Virtual Design and Construction (CIBC6049) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop introductory skills and knowledge of the principles of building information modelling to establish design solutions.
Construction Industry Project (CIBC6050) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to conduct and present the findings of an investigation within the context of the construction industry.

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The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.



Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirementsInfo Icon: 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 including 12 credits in Maths or a relevant Level 3 or higher qualification or an equivalent qualification or if 20 years of age, provide evidence of appropriate work and life experience, plus English language requirements.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

2 YearsInfo Icon

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $6,565Info Icon $13,130Info Icon
Government tuition subsidy:  $9,444Info Icon $18,889Info Icon
Total: $16,009Info Icon $32,019Info Icon

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings $41,818Info Icon
Earnings range $33,456 - $48,479Info Icon
In employment 73%Info Icon
In further study 19%Info Icon
On a benefit N/AInfo Icon

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.